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Prolific Peal Ringers

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For three centuries, the peal has been the “gold standard” ringing performance and ringing peals has ranked high among the aspirations of leading ringers. The records of peals are more complete than for any other ringing, making them an important indicator of ringing activity.

Peal ringing grew erratically during the 18th and early 19th centuries and then grew much more strongly from the 1870s, rising more or less continually to the current level of around 5,000 peals per year (apart from wartime dips). The first person to ring 1,000 peals did so in 1905, since when increasing numbers of ringers have done so, with some going on to ring 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and even 7,000.

Bill Butler was a consultant to the Biographies Committee, and has researched the lives of ringers who have rung 1,000 or more peals. His articles are published are published progressively in The Ringing World. Those listed below have already been published – more will follow.

This page shows the list ordered according to each ringer's total number of peals.

1000th date
Peal Total
ForenamesSurnamePeal TotalBiography Image Scanpdf version of BiographyProlific Peal Ringer pdf
PeterBorder3472 Biog Biog
Brian GeoffreyWarwick3428 Biog Biog
J MartinThorley2958 Biog
George ErnestFearn2667 Biog Biog
Jack LeonardMillhouse2258 Biog Biog
Thomas JosephLock2223 Biog Biog
ErnestMorris2085 Biog Biog
Cyril KennethLewis2025 Biog Biog
Henry William JohnBarrett2013 Biog Biog
WilliamPye1969 Biog Biog
Arthur PatrickCannon1622 Biog Biog
FrankBennett1600 Biog Biog
Joseph WilliamCotton1554 Biog Biog
Frank NolanGolden1518 Biog Biog
GeorgeWilliams1508 Biog Biog
Alfred HenryPulling1492 Biog Biog
Isaac GShade1450 Biog
George RobertPye1378 Biog Biog
Norman JesseGoodman1360 Biog
EdwardJenkins1353 Biog

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